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NFL Wildcard Round Betting Odds and Predictions

The Wild Card Round of the NFL Playoffs is set to kick off with a pair of games on both Saturday and Sunday. There are plenty of intriguing matchups and storylines, but all four home teams are favorites this weekend. Let’s preview each game before making a prediction for the winner in each matchup.

Houston Texans -1.5 vs. Indianapolis Colts:

Andrew Luck carried his Colts into the playoffs this season, and they will now take on AFC South rival, Houston Texans. These two teams split their two games during the regular season, and this should be an extremely competitive game. Indianapolis will try to use their quick-strike offense to beat the tough defense of the Houston Texans. J.J. Watt gets plenty of headlines in Houston, but the Texans have a deep and extremely talented defensive front. The Texans will do all that they can to get pressure on Luck in this game, but it won’t be easy. Indianapolis has a great offensive line, and Luck threw for over 4,500 yards behind that stellar group. The Colts beat the Texans in Houston, 24-21, just weeks ago, and they should be able to do it again. Picking road winners is always risky in the NFL playoffs, but the Colts are just playing too well right now. Bet the Indianapolis Colts +1.5 over the Houston Texans.

Dallas Cowboys -1.5 vs. Seattle Seahawks:

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett will be looking for his second ever playoff win when his team hosts the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday night. This has all the makings of a defensive struggle, as the Cowboys and Seahawks both have terrific defenses. Dallas has been much better on offense since acquiring Amari Cooper, but the Cowboys are still averaging just 21.2 points per game. Running back Ezekiel Elliott ran for a league-high 1,434 yards during the regular season, but you can expect the Seattle defense to be ready for him. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has proven that he can lead his team to playoff wins, and he has had a terrific season. Wilson threw for just 193 yards per game this season, but the Seahawks have been running the ball like crazy. Dallas simply must win this game or Jerry Jones might lose his mind, and they will find a way to score just enough points to get it done. Bet the Dallas Cowboys -1.5 to beat the Seahawks at home in this game.

Baltimore Ravens -2.5 vs. Los Angeles Chargers:

The 12-4 Los Angeles Chargers will be on the road when they take on the 10-6 Baltimore Ravens in the Wild Card Round. Baltimore has been almost unbeatable since rookie Lamar Jackson took over the starting QB job, including 22-10 win over Los Angeles just two weeks ago. The Chargers feature one of the most balanced offenses in the league, with quarterback Philip Rivers leading the way. Los Angeles is expected to get tight end Hunter Henry back for this game, and running back Melvin Gordon is fully healthy as well. There is no doubt that the Chargers offense will be able to score some points against one of the top defenses in the NFL. Baltimore is averaging more than 150 rushing yards per game this season, and their offense does a great job of dominating time of possession. Lamar Jackson did a great job of getting the Ravens to the postseason, but things won’t be as easy for the rookie in the playoffs. Baltimore will be hard to beat at home, but the Chargers just have too many weapons. Take the points and bet the Los Angeles Chargers +2.5 over the Baltimore Ravens.

Chicago Bears -5.5 vs. Philadelphia Eagles:

The surprising Chicago Bears will host the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles in the final Wild Card Game on Sunday afternoon. Chicago has dominated opponents with their relentless defense all season long, while their offense has shown just enough to win games. On the flip side, the Eagles are lucky to be in the playoff field, but Nick Foles has them ready to make another run. The Bears allowed just 17.7 points this season and led the NFL in takeaways and defensive touchdowns. If Chicago is going to advance deep into the postseason, Khalil Mack is going to lead the way. Second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky threw for over 3,200 yards this season, but he still plenty of areas to improve. Philadelphia looks like a much better offense with Foles leading the way, and tight end Zach Ertz caught 116 passes during the regular season. The Eagles don’t have a star running back, and the lack of run game could play a huge role in this game. Chicago has just been too good on defense to pick against them to win the game, but the Eagles keep it close. Take the 5.5 points and bet the Philadelphia Eagles in this game on Sunday.

NFL Week 16 Betting Odds and Predictions

The 2018 season has reached the penultimate weekend, and there are still plenty of playoff spots up for grabs. Let’s take a look at the week 16 schedule and pick out the five best NFL games to bet on this weekend.

Los Angeles Chargers -4.5 vs. Baltimore Ravens:

The biggest and most important week 16 might be the Saturday night game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Baltimore Ravens. The Chargers are tied with the Kansas City Chiefs for the top spot in the AFC, while the Ravens are clinging to the number six seed. The Los Angeles offense has been clicking of late with quarterback Philip Rivers leading the way, and the Chargers should get running back Melvin Gordon back for this game.

Baltimore has been running the ball like crazy since Lamar Jackson took over the starting quarterback job, and the Ravens also feature one of the best defenses in the NFL. If the Ravens are able to establish their ground game, they might be able to slow down the Chargers explosive offense, but that is a tall task. Rivers has thrown for close to 4,000 yards this season, and has plenty of weapons on that side of the ball. This game should be an intense battle, but the Chargers are just too good at home. Bet the Los Angeles Chargers -4.5 over the Baltimore Ravens.

Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings -5.5:

The Minnesota Vikings head into Detroit needing a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Vikings will try to ride quarterback Kirk Cousins and wide receiver Adam Thielen to a wild-card spot in the NFC. Cousins has thrown for over 3,900 yards this season, and Thielen has racked up 1,255 receiving yards on 105 catches. The Vikings are still looking for a consistent running game, but their offense is good enough through the air.

Detroit will try to counter with their stud quarterback, Matthew Stafford. Stafford is having another monster season, throwing for 3,395 yards, but the Lions offense lacks weapons to really scare a defense. Minnesota has recorded 47 sacks so far this season, and they should be able to take advantage of a bad Lions offensive line. Detroit won’t just roll over for the Vikings, but Minnesota will get the much-needed win by a touchdown. Bet the Minnesota Vikings -5.5 over the Detroit Lions.

New York Jets vs. Green Bay Packers +2.5:

A pair of struggling teams will meet up in New York for a week 16 battle. The Green Bay Packers have missed out on the playoffs for two straight seasons, while the Jets are still trying to get back to relevancy after some rough seasons. Despite a poor record, the Packers still feature one of the best quarterbacks in league history in Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers has thrown for 3,974 yards this season, while throwing just two interceptions on the season. Wide receiver Davante Adams is an absolute stud, catching 100 passes for 1,315 yards this season, and he should find some room to operate against a struggling Jets defense.

Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold has shown some flashes of greatness this season, but he has also made some bad mistakes. The Jets struggle to score points, averaging just over 20 points per game, and this will be the difference on Sunday. Bet the Green Bay Packers +2.5 over the New York Jets in this game.

New Orleans Saints -6.0 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers:

A pair of terrific offenses will take the field in the SuperDome for what could be a high-scoring affair. Drew Brees is leading a Saints offense that is averaging a league best 32.8 points per game this season, and they will take on Ben Roethlisberger and a Steelers team averaging 27.3 points per game. New Orleans is just one win away from clinching home field advantage throughout the NFC Playoffs, and they are almost impossible to beat at home.

The Steelers are coming off of an impressive win against the Patriots in week 15, but they haven’t been very consistent this season. Look for the Saints to get their ground game going with Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram in this game, and then Brees will do his thing. The Steelers are in for a tough challenge on this game. Bet the Saints -6.0 over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Chicago Bears -4.0:

The NFC North Champion Chicago Bears will head west to battle the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. The Niners have won two games in a row despite playing a third-string quarterback in Nick Mullens. San Francisco is averaging just 21.4 points per game this season, but they have started to play better of late. The Bears have a solid offense with explosive playmakers, but their biggest strength has been the defense. Chicago is allowing just 18.9 points per game and lead the NFL with 35 takeaways. It is hard to win on the road in the NFL, but not when you have a defense like the Bears. Bet on the Chicago Bears -4.0 over the San Francisco 49ers.

NFL Week 13 Betting Odds and Predictions

The 2018 NFL regular season is nearing the home stretch as teams are making a run at the playoffs. There are several terrific matchups on the schedule for week 13. Let’s take a look at the five best games to bet on around the NFL this weekend.

Atlanta Falcons -1.0 vs. Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens will head into Atlanta on Sunday and will be trying to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Falcons will need to win out to even have a chance at the playoffs after a disappointing start to the season. Atlanta has lost three straight games, and their offense is all out of sorts of late. Quarterback Matt Ryan has thrown for over 3,600 yards this season but has been inconsistent in the red zone. The Falcons have also given up 27.9 points per game, and their defense has taken a big step back from a season ago. Baltimore intends to start rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson again this week in this game, and he has provided a spark to the Ravens offense. Jackson has been running like crazy in the past two games, but he has taken advantage of a pair of horrible defenses. Baltimore is making a late push at a playoff run, but those dreams will take a big hit in this game. The Falcons should be able to score on the Ravens, and they will win this game at home. Bet the Atlanta Falcons -1.0 over the Baltimore Ravens.

Detroit Lions vs. Los Angeles Rams -10.0

The Los Angeles Rams will return from their bye week by taking on the Detroit Lions during week 13. The Rams enter this game with a 10-1 record, and still have their sights set on the top seed in the NFC. Detroit has struggled this season and suffered a crushing loss to the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving Day. The Lions offense has been a mess all season long, and they will be without two of their top playmakers in this game. Wide receiver Marvin Jones was recently placed on injured reserve by the team, and running back Kerryon Johnson is still injured. The Rams are led by quarterback Jared Goff and Todd Gurley, and their offense has been unstoppable all season long. Los Angeles should be focused and refreshed coming off of their bye week, and they will blow out the Lions. Bet the Rams -10.0 over the Lions.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers -3.5

The Carolina Panthers will try to snap a three-game losing streak when they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon. The Panthers looked like one of the top teams in the NFC through the first 10 weeks of the season, but the wheels have started to fall off. Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston was sharp in the week 12 victory over the San Francisco 49ers but will face a much tougher defense in this matchup. Tampa Bay has struggled to play defense this season, and that won’t work against Christian McCaffrey and the Panthers offense. Look for the Panthers to snap their losing streak with a big win in Tampa Bay. Bet the Carolina Panthers -3.5 over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Houston Texans -5.5 vs. Cleveland Browns

The red-hot Houston Texans will host the improving Cleveland Browns on Sunday at NRG Stadium. The Texans have won eight straight games after their win over the Titans on Monday Night Football, and have all but locked up the AFC South. The Houston defense has been playing at a high level, allowing just 20.2 points per game this season. Quarterback Deshaun Watson is starting to look like the player he was last season, and the Texans should be able to score some points against a young Browns defense. Cleveland has gone 4-6-1 so far this season, and with rookie quarterback, Baker Mayfield leading the way, look like a team that could make the playoffs next season. Mayfield and the Cleveland offense are in for a tough test in this game, and things won’t go well for them on Sunday. Bet the Houston Texans -5.5 over the Cleveland Browns.

New England Patriots -5.0 vs. Minnesota Vikings

Perhaps the best game on the week 13 schedule is a matchup between the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings. This game was billed as a potential Super Bowl preview in the preseason, and both teams are starting to show signs of that taking place. The Patriots are starting to get healthy again, and tight end Rob Gronkowski was a monster in their week 12 victory over the Jets. The Vikings got a great performance from Kirk Cousins in a Sunday night win over the Green Bay Packers last weekend. This should be a terrific football game that will come down to the last few minutes. Fortunately for the Patriots they still have Tom Brady, and he will lead New England on a late game-winning touchdown drive. Bet the Patriots -5.0 over the Vikings.


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